What Kids Are Reading 2016

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

What Kids Are Reading is an independent study written by Professor Keith Topping, Professor of Education and Social Research (School of Education, University of Dundee), and published annually by Renaissance Learning.

As part of the What Kids Are Reading report, Renaissance Learning have compiled all the data taken from the schools which participate in their Accelerated Reader scheme. Within this you can see which books the children have voted for as their favourites. They have the option to rate the books in four ways: ‘One of the best books I have ever read’; ‘A very good book’; ‘An OK book’ and ‘Not a good book’. These were then used to create an ‘average book rating’. more “What Kids Are Reading 2016”

New Books For April

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

Every month I get my hands on a ‘new titles’ catalogue teeming with new publications begging to be picked up and read. Below I’ve picked out eight new books for April that caught my eye to share with you. Hopefully you’ll find a new favourite for your shelves.
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Carnegie Shortlists In Review

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

Carnegie Shortlist - Previous WinnersToday sees the release of the Carnegie shortlist for 2016. Awards are always cause for discussion: everyone has their favourite that “has to win”, and Carnegie is no stranger to a bit of online debate. 2014’s winner, Bunker Diary, which led a reviewer from The Telegraph to ask “Why wish this book on a child?”, caused the biggest debate since Melvin Burgess won in 1996 with his novel Junk. more “Carnegie Shortlists In Review”

World Book Day – 3rd March 2016

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

Happy World Book Day!

On the first Thursday of March every year, parents across the UK pack their children off to school dressed as their favourite book character. Teachers and librarians organise events, and booksellers welcome grinning readers clutching vouchers through their doors. We love an excuse to find new books, and World Book Day is one of my favourites.
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Review: Oliver and the Seawigs

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

“Oliver! Oliver!” No, not that one: Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre.

In September 2013 a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck south-central Pakistan. The tremor was so violent that it caused the seabed to rise, creating an 18-metre-high island in the Arabian Sea. At least, that is what the seismologists claim… more “Review: Oliver and the Seawigs”